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Presentation One: Internet Privacy - Cyber stalking- threats or stalking on the Internet. (Through emails and IM) New laws prohibit. There are a lot of people that are being stalked. Be aware of newsgroups, list serves, subscriber directories (allow you to remove any private information), and personal websites. Doesn't put personal information on these for others have access to. -Children: parents can put on what they want their children to look at. They need to be taught to where to go and not to give out personal information. -EPIC: created 1994, interest research group. Concentrate on civil liberties. -Children online Privacy Act: must obtain permission from parents, is able to delete, give why they need the child's information. -Financial companies to give their policies to customers. Must see a copy of this once a year. -Privacy polices on search engines -Yahoo: collects information on their own registration, they are able to personalize, when children under 13 must have a parent register too. -Excite: doesn't sell to others without your permission, collect two types of info, tallies to which links they go, and the personal info- you decide what you want to give them, they personalize your website. -Take information with out permission. Tips -You decide -Create a difficult password -Change often -Memorize -Don't have other read over your shoulder -Check privacy polices online -Assume nothing is private -Filters -File erasing software if you want emails to be completely deleted. Presentation Two: Privacy Questions: 1.What does Privacy mean to you and your group? Make up a definition. -Able to determine what others know and find out -Protection of personal information -The state of being secret 2.Do you think privacy is protected when you are on the computer? Why or why not. -No, don't really care; don't do anything where information can be obtained. -Never really thought about -Don't do anything -People can take the random credit care numbers is the scary -Problem is that you always end up doing something wrong, not on purpose. 3. What do you think should be done to make consumers feel safer about using the computer and its applications? -Education -Contact info 4.Being a user of computers and Internet, specifically using email: list 2 reasons that make you feel secure about your privacy and 2 that you don't. - Password with secure page - Lock symbol - Not secure- hackers - System administrators 5.How do you feel about your employer monitoring your email whenever they want to? Do think they should have the right to? Why or why not? -If it is on the companies time yes -If you have a history of computer crime -Shouldn't if it is your personal email Emails- easy and fast Stores information which makes privacy a big deal. There are many different privacy polices. Should provide information and should not collect personal information without being clear and privacy polices. Hackers are able to use software to get different information that is private. Companies must get consent if want to give the personal information to others. Encryption: secures computer files, government, credit cards, hospitals, and others use it. Key recovery: Government is trying to pass so that they have easier access to investigate criminal activity. Information could fall into the wrong hands of people. Emails: anyone could read, system administrators- have access to all, could be read by lots of administrators, businesses will search the mail just to protect, cooperate security- people think it infringes on privacy. Must balance privacy and protection- should have a policy in place to tell the employees telling what is exactly going on. Then must be signed and read by all employees so they know what is expected.
The presenter then went through various laws that are in effect or have the possibility to be put into effect, especially how they relate to children and making sure children do not give out important personal information. It is especially important for parents to be aware of what their children are doing on the internet and these laws are trying to protect children by making sure an adult is authorizing what information is being released.
She also went through various webpages, what one has to do to subscribe and how they use the information that you give them. The final part of this presentation was a list of suggestions and tips to protect your privacy when working on the internet such as checking cookies, protecting log ins, making sure no one is watching over your shoulder, and creating difficult passwords.
The next presentation also focused on the idea of privacy and what the definition means. According to the dictionary, privacy means being removed from public view or secrecy. We also answered the question of if we felt our privacy was protected, and most groups responded no to this question. We also did not think there was much that could be done about not being safe on the internet besides the laws that are already in effect, but mainly educating people of the dangers of the internet and how to surf safely.
There were many different reasons given as to why people do or do not feel safe on the internet, and many of the groups, ours included, felt that we were not safe but that was not of great concern. The information we have in emails and accounts is not that important, and we would not be worried if someone tapped into it because we do not keep important information in there. The final question concerned whether or not empolyers should be able to monitor emails of employees, and although none of us would want it done to us, we all seemed to agree that they have the right to do it since it is their server, their resources, as well as their time.
There are no online services that are completely private. Because of this, people need to be more aware of the information they are giving out on the internet. Their privacy isn't as private as they may think it is. There are cyber stalkers on the internet, people who harass other users either by email, chat rooms, etc. There are new laws prohobiting this. The perpetrator can face fines and even prison.
Ways to protect your privacy:
The EPIC (electronic privacy infomation center) Act was created by a research group from D.C. The act concerns civil liberal issues and is to protect privacy of users.
Did you know the constitution does not state the word privacy anywhere? However, the amendments refer to it. In conclusion, internet privacy is an issue that is getting more and more serious everyday.
Privacy: presented by Chris Gehrls and Jessica Kelnhofer
What is the definition of privacy? According to Chris and Jessica, privacy is the state of being secret, or secrecy. Privacy has become an issue with computers in these days. 50% of americans use the internet and computers regularly. When your information is stored on your computer or on websites, hackers can get that information and even steal your identity.
Our class generally felt that our privacy wasn't protected on the computer. We felt that we should educate consumers so that they feel safer. We also felt that employers should be allowed to monitor their employees email when they are on the clock.
The on-line personal privacy act is trying to be passed. What it entails is with this act, the FBI would have easier access to your locked computer files. Their goal is to access the keys without you knowing they are doing it for investigating criminal files. An email that is sent in plain text is open for anyone to read, but encripted text is locked and a key is needed to access it. With this act, it would help the FBI to access those locked files.
In conclusion, the only way to really remain private is to not use the internet!
We also discussed the issue of cyber-stalking via emails and chat rooms. Reports conclude that a large number of people are truly being harassed and stalked. As a result, they are now creating laws to deal with these types of situations.
I think that the problem of personal email addresses being sold to masses of advertising agencies is also a huge problem that needs to be dealt with. All the Spam junk mail that is received by people is general unwanted and indecent. I feel that issue needs to be stopped not only for the sanity of people just trying to check their email fast, but also for the concern of children. Children will often times also receive junk mail that contains website links that are inappropriate for children to view. I think email addresses should have some type of privacy issue addressed.
They also talked in class about ways to safeguard some of you things on the Internet. They suggested having a good password that would not be easy to find, and to and change your passwords often. It seemed like the general feel of the class was a type of apathy towards the issue of privacy on the Internet, but I can now see even more why privacy really is an issue that we should all be concerned about.
Privacy is a state of being secret. For the second presentation the class got into groups to discuss privacy. The majority of the class said that they didn't care about privacy online, because they are not doing anything wrong. However, you don't have to do anything wrong to have your credit card stolen.
Most of the class also felt it was okay to have their boss monitor their e-mail usage, especially if they are using company time or e-mail. Almost 50 percent of Americans use the Internet daily. They need to be aware of privacy. One reason is hackers. A hacker identified as Maxius stole credit card numbers and posted 25,000 online. This lead to a mass cancellation of credit card numbers.